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Oh Joy

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Mixed CD Advice - Update #10
« on: December 31, 2016, 11:38:08 AM »
Hello, my favorite knowledge bank!

I want to finally treat myself to a (legally purchased) mixed CD with some specific songs that I keep wishing I had all in one place.  I know...CDs are old-fashioned, but that's the technology available where I want to listen to it, and I don't have any paid subscriptions to any music services.

Two questions:
1) Can anyone recommend a vendor/website to create this CD?  There appear to be some reasonable search engine results, but I'd love an endorsement from someone who has used one.
2) Can anyone recommend a free "suggestion" site to see if there are other songs that I'll probably think to include the day after I've submitted the CD?  In my memory, I used to visit a site that made suggestions based not on what others listened to, but on some very specific elements of the music's signature...and I don't remember what it was.  This is a set of popular songs with a group/choral component that always inspire me:
• Life in a Northern Town - The Dream Academy
• Southern Cross - Crosby, Stills, and Nash
• Wild at Heart - Gloriana
• Some Nights - Fun
• Lean on Me - Club Nouveau (I like the Bill Withers version better in general, but this version has the style for this mix)

Suggestions are welcome, of course, as well.

Thanks to all!
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« Reply #1 on: December 31, 2016, 12:33:32 PM »
I suggest downloading all the songs from a reputable site (e.g., iTunes, Google Play Music) and burning them to a blank CD yourself. Spotify (free limited membership) is a great way to find music based on the stuff you like already.

However, I've never heard of a legitimate company that will do that for you. Maybe someone else has.

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« Reply #2 on: December 31, 2016, 04:07:56 PM »
I've never heard of a company that does this. Amazon sells singles as downloads too in addition to itunes, google play etc. You can buy blank CDs and burn your own if you have a desktop. It's not intimidating as it may sound. If you can't find the option yourself in your menus google away to get instructions. If you have a more tech savvy family member you can have them do it. It's not difficult to do.

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« Reply #3 on: December 31, 2016, 05:57:12 PM »
I concur.

Also, with Amazon, it's not uncommon to be able to buy a whole CD, and get a digital copy included free - so if you want more than 1 individual song that comes from the same source album, sometimes it's more cost-effective than buying digital-only singles. Just an FYI.
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« Reply #4 on: December 31, 2016, 06:04:26 PM »

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« Reply #6 on: January 01, 2017, 11:39:57 AM »
I agree PastryGoddess on her suggestion of Pandora. It is versatile and you don't get bored with the same songs over and over again like you would on a CD. It's also free if you don't mind the commercials (they play 1 or 2 short 10sec commercials every 10 songs or so, this doesn't bother me because it's a quick click to mute the commercials) or you can subscribe for \$4.95/month for commercial free listening.

I have my playlist to shuffle between all genre's (Elvis, Alice Cooper, Englebert Humperdink, Classical) and with each of these topics there are other artists of the same genre that come on and I'm able to enjoy Frank Sinatra or Karen Carpenter or Ozzy Osborne!

If you're set on CDs, I'd go with Erich L-ster's response. Cutting a CD is not difficult to do yourself if you (or friend) has the right program/technology.

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« Reply #7 on: January 01, 2017, 04:54:16 PM »
Just read the OP again about technology.  With all of the recommendations above, you can listen via your computer.  No need for a smartphone or tablet, although they do work on those devices.
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« Reply #8 on: January 02, 2017, 01:15:35 PM »
What Borecore said...that's what I do.  I have a lot of CDs I play in the car and I burn them myself from my iTunes library.  It probably seems old-fashioned to younger people (I'm 60) but it works for me.  I can get the exact combination of songs I want and make themed CDs for Christmas or whatever.

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« Reply #9 on: January 03, 2017, 07:22:54 PM »
If you're dealing with your car stereo system and it's too old to have an auxiliary or USB input, you can get a cheap device that plays music from your streaming device or MP3 player to the radio via FM waves.

Something like this: https://www.amazon.com/Nulaxy-Wireless-Bluetooth-Transmitter-Adapter/dp/B018E0I01I/ref=sr_1_4?s=mp3&ie=UTF8&qid=1483492789&sr=1-4 would be less than buying the CD burner, and indeed no more than buying tracks to burn to a CD.  As a caveat, I do not have any experience with that exact product, but I used to use a similar one before I got a car with a more modern sound system.

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Re: Mixed CD Advice - Update #10
« Reply #10 on: January 10, 2017, 12:15:55 PM »
Thanks to all for weighing in.

I ordered the CD through Play Anywhere (they seemed legitimate enough) and it was a fast and easy process.

I also remembered the two other songs without needing to look them up.

Life is good!

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Re: Mixed CD Advice - Update #10
« Reply #11 on: January 10, 2017, 01:32:34 PM »
Thanks to all for weighing in.

I ordered the CD through Play Anywhere (they seemed legitimate enough) and it was a fast and easy process.

I also remembered the two other songs without needing to look them up.

Life is good!

I've never heard of that company, but congrats on finding them!  I'm going to bookmark that page as I have a technology averse grandparent who might like to use their services.
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